The provider of two care homes in Enfield have been fined more than £22,000 for failing to employ registered managers, as required by law.
The Care Quality Commission brought the case against Mr & Mrs TF Chon who had not employed a registered manager at their Parkside and Elmhurst care homes for several years, even though it was a condition of their registration.
CQC had previously issued a fixed penalty requiring the registered providers to pay a total fine of £8,000. The court proceedings followed their failure to pay the fixed penalty notice sum.
At Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Monday (8 June) they pleaded guilty to two charges of being in breach of the conditions of their registration, according to Regulation 5 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
Mr and Mrs Chon were fined £11,250 for each offence, and ordered to pay costs of £8,600.
Sally Warren, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in London, said:
"The role of the registered manager is vital to ensuring that people receive care services that are safe, effective, caring, and responsive.
"A competent and qualified manager provides leadership and experience, and they are legally responsible with the provider for ensuring that care meets the required standards.
“I welcome the court’s verdict in sending out a clear message that their failure to have a registered manager in post from October 2010 is a clear breach of the law."